The idea of materialism was held fast by many other characters other then Gatsby. Myrtle Wilson lives with her husband who is stuck in the lower-middle class. She has an affair with Tom which gets her acquainted with the materialistic view of those that Tom is affiliated with. These views draw her in to the social elite, a class in which she was not able to obtain without the affair with Tom. Tom was, in a sense, her materialistic item that gave her power. Myrtle was eventually driven to her death by the true aspect of the socially inclined.
Gatsby represents the double edged sword in the novel. In one aspect his is the heroic underdog of the story, and in the other he is the villainous character. Gatsby came from a poverty stricken life and
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